Danbury Country Park

Wooden seating bench in woodland at Danbury Country Park
“Very well kept woodland, great for a dog walk and well provided in terms of picnic areas. The lakes are full of ducks and our kids very much enjoyed looking at the old trees.” – Review from Trip Advisor

Collage of images for Danbury Country Park showing ducks on the shore, a bike by a tree and children feeding ducks at a lake.

Danbury Country Park – originally laid out in the 13th century as part of a private estate – offers ornamental gardens and lakes, woodland and meadows.

The park’s accessible, well-maintained tracks are popular with dog walkers and families, with plenty of seats and picnic benches to have a rest or a bite to eat.

Surviving historic structures include an ice house where before refrigerators, ice was collected from the lakes in winter and stored for the palace kitchens.

The lakeside path takes you past the ornamental gardens and alongside tranquil waters, where you can see ducks, carp, moorhens, coots, grebes and sometimes a kingfisher.

Late spring is a good time to see ducklings and spectacular displays from rhododendrons in the gardens. In summer, the meadows fill with wildflowers and grasses, attracting butterflies and insects. Woodland paths offer respite from the sun in the dappled shade of ancient oaks, hornbeams and sweet chestnuts.

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Open

8am to dusk


Find and contact

Woodhill Road
Danbury
CM3 4AW

01245 222350

country.parks@essex.gov.uk


At this place

Dogs: Allowed
Picnics: Allowed
BBQ: Not Allowed

Events

Conservation volunteers

Every Tuesday, except between Christmas and New Year

Nature club

23 Apr, 21 May, 18 Jun

Wild Wednesday

2016: 17 Feb, 30 Mar, 6 Apr, 1 Jun, 27 Jul, 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 Aug, and 26 Oct. 2017: 5 and 12 Apr

Parking

Up to 30 minutes £1
Up to 1 hour £1.50
Up to 2 hours £2.50
Up to 3 hours £3.50
Over 3 hours £4
Season parking and more
Money from parking is used to maintain the park and protect its wildlife.

For children

Danbury Country Park runs several popular clubs for children including Nature Club, Wild Wednesday and Woodland Play, helping them make the most of what parks can offer and build a lifelong appreciation for the outdoors.

Fishing

You can fish at the Lower lake (the most western lake, south of the wildflower meadow), between 16 June and 14 March from 8.30am until dusk. Make sure you have a rod license and buy your day permit from the Ranger at the lake. Fishing is not allowed in the Mid lake and Top lake.

Walks

The park’s accessible, well-maintained hard-surface tracks are great for walking. There are plenty of seats and picnic benches to have a rest or a bite to eat. The lakeside path takes you alongside the tranquil waters where you can watch ducks, swans and carp, and past the ornamental gardens.

Volunteering

Do you have a passion for the countryside? Try out conservation volunteering at Danbury Country Park. Take part in a range of interesting and essential activities, such as coppicing, hedge-laying and meadow-raking. Find out more about our conservation volunteers.

Toilets

There are public toilets, including disabled facilities, near the Woods car park and at the Mid lake. The toilets adjacent to the woods car park are closed in winter from November to April. The main toilets by the lakes car park are open all year.

For schools

Our outdoor learning team runs curriculum-linked activity days across all Essex’s country parks, designed to release children’s imagination and encourage their creativity. Find out more about educational activities at the park.

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